Roger C. BAARS


Environmental Education


Senior Lecturer


Tel: 075-753-5935
E-mail: baars.rogercloud.6a* (replace * with @)

Research Interests

My cross-disciplinary research investigates the relationships between theories of social change and transformative teaching and learning, particularly as they relate to social orders, values, and practices. My research agenda is organised along the three interrelated themes of climate change education, disaster preparedness, and sustainable lifestyles and examines the complex processes of societal reproduction and transformation. More broadly, my work is informed by a strong interest in environmental ethics and activism, as well as inclusive and empowering approaches to research and teaching.

My research agenda is organised along the following themes:

  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Preparation and Resilience
  • Gender Aspects of Disaster Preparedness
  • Social Practices and Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Emotions and Behaviour Change

Teaching Activities

  • Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Urban Geography

Current Postgraduate Supervision

PhD Students

  • Annisa Hassanah (Main Supervisor) – Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Serious Gaming: A Cross- Cultural Study on Indonesia and Japan
  • Anuantaeka Takinana (Main Supervisor) – The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP): Merging Tertiary Climate Change Education with Disaster Risk Reduction Programs
  • Eiichi Suzuki (Co-Supervisor) – Improving Environmental Learning at Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Disposal Facilities in Japan
  • Irene Petraroli (Main Supervisor) – Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in Japan – A Gender and Ethnicity Perspective
  • Junko Kondo (Main Supervisor) – Localising the Concept of Sustainability in the Japanese Education System: A Placebased Education Approach
  • Lilia Shahar Griffin (Co-Supervisor) – Behaviour Change and Environmental Awareness Based on Eco-tourism Participation in Japan
  • Maria Sang-Yum (Main Supervisor) – Bringing Indigenous Epistemologies in Conversation with Western Science: Emerging Disaster Recovery Programs in Samoa
  • Noussayba Rahmouni (Co-Supervisor) – The Effects of Spatial Anchoring on Environmental Identities in Morocco

Master Students

  • Cynthia Nong (Main Supervisor) – Recycling Practices and Everyday Resistances: The Success of the Zero-waste Town of Kamikatsu, Japan
  • Dima Genova (Co-Supervisor) – Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into Informal Learning Strategies
  • Irina Borisenko (Main Supervisor) – Participatory Community Engagement in Informal Environmental Education: A Cross-country Exploration
  • Kanan Kitani (Co-Supervisor) – The Role of the Pacific Conference of Churches in Climate Change-induced Relocation – A Fiji Case-Study
  • Miku Yabuta (Co-Supervisor) – Biodiversity Projects at Lake Biwa, Japan – Lessons for Science Communication
  • Ostina Waibusi (Main Supervisor) – Improving Environmental Education Practices in Japan? Insights from a Cultural- Historical Activity Theory Perspective
  • Tien Thuy Tran (Main Supervisor) – Assessing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Comparative Study of Multinational Corporations in Vietnam
  • Wenjie Hu (Main Supervisor) – The Impacts of University Education on Disaster Preparedness in Tohoku, Japan